Volunteering is an excellent way to develop your skills and experience while at the same time contributing to a worthy cause. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities out there which suit all interests, schedules, skill sets and ages. No matter what you are interested in, there is bound to be an opportunity to help out in one way or another.
Being a university student, this is one of the best times to get yourself involved in as much volunteer work as possible while keeping in mind to not have them get too much in the way of your studies.
Volunteering opportunities exist across a number of organisations, from charities and community groups to events on and off campus. Here are a few options/ideas:
Some important benefits that you can gain from volunteering include:
You can tailor your volunteer work to something that interests you or that you're passionate about. Volunteering offers the option to work with an organisation that means something to you, or one that you would like to pursue a career with, or even just to put skills you have learnt into practice.
Volunteering is not a paid activity but you may find other benefits such as free food, merchandise and privileges.
Nowadays, more and more university students across the globe have opted to work part-time while studying. According to where you are, your motives for getting a part-time job may vary but most go for it in order to either earn some money to support their way through university, gain working experience or to just spend their free time more productively.
There are a couple of things that you have to consider when going into a part-time job instead of just applying and accepting them.
The best way to start looking for part time work is to network with colleagues, lecturers and social media. Don’t be afraid to approach companies directly to ask about their available opportunities. Make a list of target employers, try to locate any areas that you can help them with and offer your services.
Even if the company cant afford to hire you full time you may be able to work as an outside contractor. Many companies hire individuals who have worked for them as an intern or a temp so this experience helps to get your foot in the door.
Corporate might not always be the way, you might also like to consider community based organisations who usually tend to rely on part-time staff.
Extra income – whether the extra cash is to help out your family or going out with friends, such financial independence always leaves you feeling better.
Financial intelligence – This is one of the best ways for you to learn more about being wiser with your finances. This is because you have known the value of hard work and thus are more likely to save your money for necessities such as text books and rent.
Effective time management – learning to divide your schedule/time between your studies and your part-time work will give you a better grasp in time management and at the same time, improve your organizational skills.
Less time wasted – lowers the likeliness to become bored and being involved in unappealing activities.
Gain experience, transferable skills and a wider professional network – it is more likely that the experiences that you gain through your part-time work will be of immense help to you for your life after graduation. Most are able to find out what they are more suited for and are sure of what they want to do in life after their studies whether it is to continue studying and strive for academia or pursue a career in the industry they did part-time in. Whatever the end result, it is usually a win-win situation.
A step further than the rest – Remember, you might not see it yet but all that you have gained and learned will help you be a step further than the rest of the graduate job seekers when the time comes.
Teamwork – exposure to working within a team other than the usual group assignments in university, will help you learn and understand further of the varying personalities that is available and how to work effectively with them. This will be of great benefit to you through life in general.
Problem solving – No matter how well you did in your studies, your grades will not be enough to prepare you for the challenges you are exposed with at the workplace. That is why it is imperative that you seek for as many work experiences as possible through your DY and part-time jobs. Take note of how your colleagues or you get the problems solved and disasters averted so that it can be a winning point to be brought up in your future interviews. The initiative you’ve shown in working whilst studying, will show employers that you’re ambitious and have an excellent work ethic.
Small employers are often the best organisations to target in terms of working flexibility. Startups and sme’s are often in need of help due to lack off staff and usually offer part-time work, sometimes with the flexibility of working from home.
Below are a number of examples of the kind of part-time work you can delve in:
Take a look at MyCoNECT Current Vacancies to see the latest part-time jobs on offer